Weekly Newsletter

This Sunday at St. Paul's: May 27, 2018

8:00 am  Contemplative Service of Holy Communion  Chapel 
9:00 am

Adult Formation
Church School

Choir Rehearsal


Great Hall
Brookline Teen Center  

Lichtenberger Room 

Choir Room 

10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir 

11:15 am Coffee Hour Great Hall
11:30 am  Sunday Lunch Bunch  Great Hall  
  • Adult Formation @9:00am: Being Stewards of our Medical Decisions and End of Life Care: With the help of parishioners in the healthcare professions, Jeff and Elise will guide us in thinking through how we can be proactive and prepared in facing our most difficult life and death decisions.
  • The Sunday Lunch Bunch returns this Sunday: The Sunday Lunch Bunch is a group of friendly St. Paul's parishioners who enjoy gathering for a casual meal and conversation every FOURTH Sunday of the month. This Sunday, May 27, The Sunday Lunch Bunch will be a POTLUCK brunch hosted by John and Darryl Ferguson at their spacious apartment, located within walking distance from St. Paul's. Directions to the Ferguson's home will be available after the 10:00 O'clock service. Please bring your favorite brunch item. All are welcome to join us.
This week at St. Paul's
Monday, May 28 7:00 am Yoga Lichtenberger Room
Wednesday, May 30 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Parish Administrator's Vacation
Jill will return from vacation on Tuesday, May 29.  If your message is urgent and cannot wait until her return, please contact Rev. Jeff Mello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call 617-566-4953 and press #6 when prompted, to access our pastoral emergency care line.
Adult Formation Forums on Sunday Mornings at 9:00am
Stewardship of our Material Lives

We will explore areas of our spiritual lives that are often seen as uncomfortable and thus neglected. Bringing them to light and addressing them in our personal lives is a gift to the next generation and to our communities.

June 3: Being Stewards of our Funerals 

Many people have told Jeff that they wish they had thought about planning their funerals much earlier in life. Being a steward of how you want this sacred time to be can be a great gift to family and friends. Jeff and Elise will guide us in this creative, God-centered process.

Mission Sunday: Outdoor Play Gear for B-SAFE

Mission Sundays are an opportunity for anyone and everyone at St. Paul's to work together to address a need in the local community. As part of our ongoing partnership with the B-SAFE summer camp, we will be collecting outdoor play gear for Mission Sunday on June 3. B-SAFE is specifically looking for swimsuits, water shoes, towels, double-Dutch-sized jump ropes, and ponchos. These supplies will help B-SAFE promote physical activity (and fun and fellowship!) for low-income Boston campers this summer. 

We will collect the donations on Sunday June 3. Card-making materials will be available during the Sunday School hour, so we can also write some appreciative messages to the many teens who will be doing the important work of counselors this summer!

Finally, please mark your calendars for St. Paul's annual tradition of volunteering with B-SAFE to provide meals, snacks, and a field trip. We will be serving July 9-13, and everyone who participated last year can tell you what fun it is! Contact Adelaide Xie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions!

The Kindness Campaign

   Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. 

                    --  James B. Conant             


Newcomers' Brunch: June 3

If you are new to St. Paul's or have started coming anytime during the past year, you, your family and friends are warmly invited to a delicious brunch on Sunday, June 3 at the Parish Rectory after the 10am service, hosted by the Mello-Daigneault family, the Vestry, and the Newcomers'/Greeters' Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know others who have recently become a part of St. Paul's to learn more about our community and to meet some of the parish leadership team in a gracious and informal setting.

To help us plan, kindly RSVP to Jill, our parish administrator. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than May 29. We look forward to seeing you! 


Knitting Group: June 5

The Knitting Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7:00 pm in the Lichtenberger Room.  This will be our last meeting until the Fall.  

Spiritual Book Group / Scripture Group: Switching calendar spots

The Spiritual Book Group and Scripture Group are switching calendar spots. Book Group will now meet on the SECOND Tuesday of each month and Scripture Group will meet on the FOURTH Tuesday of each month. The next meeting of the Spiritual Book Group is Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30pm in the Lichtenberger Room. We are reading our first novel! "Vatican Waltz" by Roland Merullo. Also well known for "The Delight of Being Ordinary" feel free to keep going in the series if you are moved to do so! Questions? Please contact Barbie Maniscalco 410-980-0602. 

Brookline Food Pantry Update

The Brookline Food Pantry began about 25 years ago as an outreach mission of St. Paul's. We remain the primary Pantry location, though it is now an independent organization, and has added a second location on Egmont Street. Approximately 13% of Brookline residents live in poverty and nearly 30% live in economically insecure households. Each month 800 Brookline residents use the pantry. Clients are referred by Brookline Schools, SNAP, the Brookline Housing Authority, Brookline Mental Health, Interfaith Organizations, the Senior Center and other local groups.

Donations of food and toiletries are collected during services each Sunday in the large woven basket inside the Aspinwall Ave. entrance door, which is brought up to the altar with the offering plates. Monetary donations are also very welcome. Customers especially love brand name soups, e.g. Campbell's and Progresso, brand name cereals (with < 6grams of sugar per serving) and regular size toiletries. 

St. Paul's continued support and many volunteers are greatly appreciated!!! Want to know more? Brookline Food Pantry leaflets, with detailed information on food sources, needs, donations, and volunteer opportunities can be found on the table outside the Lichtenberger Room, or contact Judy Rice, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judy Clementson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Interested in volunteering for the Pantry? Contact Kristin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Serving us this week

Presider and Preacher  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello   
Assisting Clergy  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm 
Director of Music  Andrew Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Lauren Lukason 
Crucifer  Mike Scheffler 
Torchbearers  Sarah Dulla and Mihret Hopkin 
Lectors  Ed Jacobson and Kate Kelley 
Prayers of the People  Alan Fried 
Chalice Bearers  Matshai Motimele and Kate Kelley 
Healing Prayers  Steve Morrissey and Martha Curtis  
Eucharistic Visitor   Ed Jacobson 
Offering Counters  Nate Gaede, John Ferguson, Melissa Dulla, and Judy Rice  
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Judy Clementson
10:00 am: Elisabeth Choi and Mary Beth Elder     
Greeters  Chris Dulla, Clara Batchelor, and Rebecca Schultzberg 
Ushers  Members of the Ushers Ministry 
Coffee Hour Host  Jennifer Schamel 

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations, Memorials, and Prayers  


We remember and celebrate the birthdays of Kate Kelley, Alisa Nagano, Matheus Lima, and Art Wing.   


The altar flowers this week have been given in loving memory of Rev. Murray Dewart.  


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Paul, Alexander T., Gerke V., Kim L., Deborah F., Kitty C., Fran C., Nan C., Sue H., Marnie, Shelley, Harry B., Faye M., Sam K., Susan P., Bill, Linda C., Steve K., Roger H. Sr., J. Kuenzel & Family, Anne C., Tracey G., Henry L., Alissa P., Timothy O., and the O'Meara/Bransfield Families, and those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C.

Scripture Readings  

Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

           Psalm 29 (The Saint Helena Psalter)  

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline

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